Local officials are beginning to decide if they want medical marijuana businesses in their communities before the state starts giving out licenses next year. Wochit
The group Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol turned in 365,000 signatures to the Secretary of State last week in support of a ballot proposal that would legalize pot for recreational use.(Photo: Eric Engman, AP)
While supporters of a ballot proposal to legalize marijuana for recreational use cleared their first hurdle by turning in more than enough signatures to tentatively qualify for the November 2018 ballot, more challenges are on the horizon.
An opposing committee — Healthy and Productive Michigan — formed on Wednesday to fight the marijuana legalization effort.
“Now that big money has started to get behind legalizing recreational marijuana in Michigan, it’s time we put Michigan first and oppose these efforts,” said Grand Rapids political consultant Scott Greenlee, the president of the organization. “We remain opposed to increased marijuana use in Michigan.”
Greenlee declined to reveal who is behind the effort, but said it’s a large coalition that includes business, faith and law enforcement organizations. Greenlee is the president of Greenlee Consulting and over the years, he’s worked for the Michigan Republican Party, Attorney General Bill Schuette and the Michigan Department of Economic Development.
“We plan to be very aggressive to fight this,” he said, noting that members of the coalition have committed to providing significant financial resources to the effort. “I would anticipate to be successful we’ll have to exceed” $1 million.
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